Mental Health

Mental health is how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Everyone feels worried, anxious, sad or stressed sometimes. But with a mental illness, these feelings do not go away and are severe enough to interfere with your daily life. It can make it hard to meet and keep friends, hold a job or enjoy your life. 

Mental illnesses are common – they affect about one in five families in the U.S. It is not your fault if you have one. These disorders – depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and many others - are real diseases that you cannot will or wish away. Fortunately, they are often treatable. Medicines and therapy can improve the life of most people with mental illnesses.  
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Agencies and Support Groups
The National Alliance on Mental Illness "is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases". This link for the Scranton Area Chapter provides information about their support group, a calendar of events, facts about mental illness, family education, a list of helpful books, and a monthly newsletter.
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The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration provides these links to a number of Pennsylvania agencies that may be able to help with mental health and substance abuse issues, advocacy, support, and sources of information.
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NIMH provides extensive information for the public and practitioners on topics related to mental disorders.
State/federal partnership providing tobacco users with access to tools & resources to quit smoking.      1-800-784-8669 (1800 QUIT NOW)
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Types of Mental Illness
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Additional Resources
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
This page is maintained by the librarian at Clarks Summit State Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 
Last updated: June 3, 2010